‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is a true tale based on Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name. This wartime drama shows the real story of a working wife and mother who saved hundreds during World War II. This movie directed by Niki Caro pays tribute to Polish couple – Jan Zabinski, a former Warsaw zookeeper and his wife Antonina Zabinski. Johan Heldenbergh plays the role of Jan, the zookeeper and Jessica Chastain as his wife, Antonina. Read here to know what the critics have to say about the film, ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’.
Yahoo News: The film is well shot. It establishes the time convincingly, providing a certain believability to the humane zoo and the characters associated with it. The Zookeeper’s Wife, in this context of war, fascinatingly, tells the story from a woman’s perspective. Chastain plays this role with conviction, with nuance that is important to tell the story of an amazing woman in history.
The Irish Times: As uneasy, sugary fantasies go, The Zookeeper’s Wife is pretty well carried off. Harry Gregson-Williams’s music is nice. Daniel Brühl is slippery as the head Nazi. Our own Michael McElhatton (also in this week’s Handsome Devil) is robust as the Zabinskis’ chief keeper. But the professionalism is in the service of a film that lacks guts. (ALSO READ: Jessica Chastain slams invented feud with Jennifer Lawrence)
Scroll.in: Stories of the atrocities committed during WWII abound, but there are few told from a woman’s point of view, and fewer still that explore the impact on helpless animals, for example. This is what makes The Zookeeper’s Wife interesting.
Times of India: It is the director’s astute storytelling and ability to showcase varied human tendencies that allow her film to shuttle between a heartrending human drama and compelling war thriller. The Zookeeper’s Wife is an incredible real life story that reminds us what makes us human – our ability to hope and rise beyond the darkness and hatred.
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